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Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 5/27/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers (67-27) at Toronto Raptors (66-34)

NBA Basketball: Friday, May 27, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)

The Line: Toronto Raptors +6 -- Over/Under: 197 See the Latest Odds


The Toronto Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers do battle in Game 6 at the Air Canada Centre on Friday night.

The Cavaliers were able to regain control of the Eastern Conference Finals with a dominant 116-78 win over the Raptors last night. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving scored 23 points each while the Cavs shot 57.1 percent from the field, but it was Kevin Love who set the tone early in the game, connecting on his first six shots to finish with a game-high 25 points on eight of 10 shooting in just 24 minutes of action. After losing two straight in the series, the Cavs needed to make a statement in Game 5 and it was evident early on that the Cavs were going to win by a country mile as they led by 18 points after the first quarter and an NBA-record 31 points at halftime which is the biggest lead in a Conference Finals game ever. 

Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 5/27/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


As for the Raptors, Kyle Lowry scored 13 points while DeMar DeRozan scored 14, but no other player finished in double figures as the Raptors could do little but wait for the sound of the final buzzer. As a team, the Raptors shot just 39.1 percent from the field and three of 17 from the 3-point line and they were outrebounded by 48-27 in one of the most one-sided playoff games in recent years. On the bright side, Jonas Valanciunas made a return to the court for the first time in the series and provided a spark with nine points on four of four shooting in 18 minutes off the bench and he'll likely see more minutes in a must-win Game 6 on Friday.

In ATS trends, the Cavs are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games against a team above .600 and 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, while the Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall.

Head to head, the Cavs are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Toronto and the home team is 8-0 ATS in the last eight meetings overall.

There's no denying just how utterly dominant the Cavs were in Game 5 but the home team has won in each of the eight meetings between these teams in the regular season and the playoffs, so I'm not going to go against the trend now. I'm sticking with the Raptors who are always so tough to beat at the Air Canada Centre.

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